Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Jewish approach to tough times: Get to work!

In Pirkei Avot (Verses ["Ethics"] of the Fathers), Chapter 2, Verse 16, Rabbi Tarfon tells us

לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְּלָאכָה לִגְמֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִין לִבָּטֵל מִמֶּנָּה"

Lo Alecha ha-m'lachah ligmor, v'lo atah ben chorin l'hibatel mimenah.

It is not your responsibility to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it."

That's a good approach to take to the challenges posed by President Trump and his administration (not necessarily the same thing).

Certainly, those of us unhappy with some Trump and/or Trump Administration policies aren't going to win every battle, but that doesn't excuse us from trying.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a Town Hall to attend--and I'd love to have some company.


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